A Threepeat for Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians

The story for the country’s number one movie continues to get crazier. And richer.

Crazy Rich Asians collected its third straight weekend win in grand fashion, banking an estimated $22.1 million and doubling the take of its nearest competitor. Add in the Labor Day holiday, and Crazy Rich raked in $28.3 million, which brought its overall haul to $117 million—a nice, tidy haul, especially when one considers its makers spent just $30 million creating the thing.

Two other holdovers followed Crazy Rich Asians into the box office’s upper echelons. The Meg motored into second place with $10.5 million, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout banked $7 million for third, cementing a place in the top five for the sixth straight weekend. The latest M:I movie has now earned $206.4 million, making it the third highest-grossing film in the franchise (Behind M:I – Ghost Protocol’s $209.4 million and M:I II’s $215.4 million), but it could well blast past both of ’em before it’s done.

Technically, Searching is a holdover, too, having opened in nine theaters last weekend. But it increased its reach by nearly 1,200 theaters, which pushed its weekend haul to about $6.1 million and gave it a top-five finish for its second week. (It finished fourth, of course.)

Operation Finale was the only true freshman film to crack the top five. It earned $6 million in three days. Kin, the weekend’s other major new release, was not so lucky. The surprisingly dark sci-fi thriller managed to pocket only $3 million to land in 12th place. Stick a pin in Kin: It’s fin.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t help but disagree with you. The first movie was far more meaningful, thoughtful and complex. The second one is a simplified comedy that’s no different from all other hero movies out there. If that’s what you like, sure, but I was expecting something a little more intelligent from Incredibles 2 and I walked out of the theater disappointed.

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. You really have an opinion I've never heard before - which, given my extensive travels on the internet, is quite the feat- and I actually think you're flat-out wrong, but okay. Everyone's different.

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Genuinely don't understand those who call something like CRA "diverse." The cast is all-Asian. What's diverse about that? Diversity is only diversity if it's something other than European, I guess.

-Posted by Chuck
Chuck Anziulewicz More than 1 year ago
"Diverse" probably isn't the right word. I think maybe it was used not so much in reference to the movie alone, and more about how a successful romantic story with an almost exclusively Asian cast scores a point for diversity in filmmaking. In any case it was an entertaining look into a world I know exists, but I'd never find myself anywhere NEAR. Oh, and the FOOD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie itself isn't "diverse," but its existence makes the movie industry more diverse.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion “diverse” is pretty much a meaningless buzzword at this point. We’ve beaten it to death. Why doesnt the industry focus on making stories people actually want to see instead of obsessing over whether everything is quote-unquote “diverse” or not?

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, Chuck, I'd say that judging by the popularity of Crazy Rich Asians, it's a perfect example of Hollywood "making stories people actually want to see."

Would you prefer the word "variety"? Surely you'd prefer a menu of movies featuring a variety of different casts, settings, time periods and stories, instead of the same movies recycled ad nauseam.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would CRA be popular if everyone wasn't so obsessed with "diversity," though?